Aileen LeBlanc

News Director

Aileen LeBlanc is a journalist, producer and director whose work in television, film and public radio has earned more than 60 regional and national awards.

She is producer/director of the documentaries Dayton Codebreakers (nominated for 3 regional Emmys) and Who’s Minding the Planet? (nominated for a Regional Emmy). Her latest film, Take Us Home, about Ethiopian Jews, is now in the festival circuit and has won the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival and Award of Merit from the Lucerne International Film Festival. The film has screened at the Pan African Film Festival and the Studio City Festival in LA and the Sheba Festival in New York. Other official selections include Denver, Philadelphia, Louisville, Palm Beach and Detroit.

LeBlanc’s work on other films includes the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Last Truck” and the Emmy-winning “Lion in the House.”

LeBlanc’s career in journalism includes two news director positions at WYSO and WHQR. Her national work has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, BBC, Monitor Radio, Pacifica and the CBC.

She was honored by the Dayton League of Women Voters with a “Making Democracy Work Award.” She was given the first place prize in documentary from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for a piece on loving and caring for a partner with Alzheimer's.

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kscourts.org

The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in an appeal to remove a temporary injunction regarding a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure.

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Many of the wildfires in Kansas are now under control--but not out--and as officials monitor hot spots in Clark, Comanche, Ellis and Rooks counties. Now, as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, recovery help is on the way.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging all Kansas to be aware and careful as there is a spreading number of cases of mumps in the state.

There have been 56 reported cases of mumps in Kansas spread over 12 counties, though none yet in Sedgwick.

Cases of mumps declined after the measles, mumps and rubella combined vaccine was in widespread use by the early '70s. The MMR vaccine is administered at about a year, and then a booster is given at age 4 or 5.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A lawyer for a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali refugees says his client believed then President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won forcing militias to step in.

The defense claim of a "self-defensive posture" surfaced during a detention hearing Friday for Patrick Stein, whom prosecutors say was the leader of militia group called "The Crusaders."

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren did not immediately rule.

Patrick Emerson, flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued safety tips and a smoke modeling tool for this seasons controlled burns in the Flint Hills.

Controlled or prescribed burns in the Flint Hills are used every year to clear out invasive species, cut down the probabilities of wildfires and encourage the Tallgrass prairie to thrive.

Over 2.3 million acres are burned in Kansas and Oklahoma yearly.

ag.ks.gov

Kansas' attorney general says the U.S. Department of justice has identified Kansas as a state of origination for victims of human trafficking. Derek Schmidt is continuing his fight to address the issue with more proposed legislation.

Wikipedia

Kansas’ two Republican senators said Monday they support increased vetting of those entering the country, but want Congress involved in developing permanent policy changes.

Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts issued statements in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Boston Public Library / flickr Creative Commons

The state of Kansas ranks almost in the middle in a recent list of best and worst states in which to retire.

Kansas is 27th out of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., according to the ranking from finance website Wallet Hub.

Tex Texin / flickr Creative Commons

From the AP:

A Kansas prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty against one of two people accused of killing three people before fleeing to Mexico.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder announced the plans to seek the death penalty against 35-year-old Jereme Nelson in a news release Friday. Yoder said he is still considering whether to seek the death penalty against 31-year-old Myrta Rangel.

Bloomsberries, flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma court has thrown out a law that required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.

The law required doctors who performed abortions in the state to be able to admit patients to nearby hospitals. Doctors must apply for the privileges and go through a credentialing process.

The court ruling that threw out the law is seen as positive by people who support abortion rights. Trust Women of Wichita – which runs Southwind Women's Center, the former site of Dr. George Tiller's clinic – has recently opened a clinic in Oklahoma.

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